Pupils in Coventry will be
helping to launch the first ever heat-sensitive stamp next week as the
Royal Mail celebrates a national obsession.
The set of stamps with a
weather-theme will be launched by pupils from Bablake School, which
runs a weather station in Coventry.
As quick as the British
weather changes, so does the colour of the cloud on the first class
A small section of the stamp
has been printed with thermochromic ink which sees the cloud change
from dark and gloomy to a cheerful sky blue when it is touched.
Rubbing the innovative stamp
with a finger heats the paper and activates the ink, changing the
Mark Thomson, Managing
Director, Royal Mail stamps and collectibles, said:
"Our stamps are always
visually interesting, but with the weather set we are also appealing
to people's sense of touch. Just by rubbing the first class stamp
you can change the weather. If only it was that easy in real life!
"We feel the stamps
capture the wide range of weather conditions we enjoy and endure in
Britain; from tumbling cats and dogs in the rain on the second class
stamp to butterflies and birds relishing warmer conditions on the
"Each stamp is actually
a segment of one complete image, bringing all four together creates
the dial of a barometer, which for generations was a feature in
homes up and down the country.
"We are issuing this
complete image as a special miniature sheet which we are expecting
to be very popular as a novel gift - whatever the weather."
The Bablake pupils will be
joined by Coventry postal workers to pose with large scale blow ups of
the stamps at Bablake Weather Station at the school playing fields in
The station was established at
the school in 1977 by Steve Jackson, who is now head of Geography.
The weather station is now
fully computerised, conforms to Meteorological Office standards, and
has a number of regular subscribers who receive weather data on a
weekly and monthly basis.
is also a telephone service, 024 7622 3141, that provides a daily
weather forecast and weather statistics for the Coventry area.